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Chinese social media giant Sina Weibo has reversed its ban on publishing homosexual content, days after announcing the policy. The service, which has nearly 400 million users, drew outrage for lumping gay-themed content in with violent and pornographic material.

"There followed a storm of online criticism of the site," NPR's Rob Schmitz reports from Shanghai.

Report: U.S. falling behind in 5G

Apr 16, 2018

A new report from a trade group representing the U.S. wireless industry shows the U.S. is lagging China and South Korea when it comes to 5G. CTIA says companies in those countries are getting help that U.S. firms aren’t.

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(Markets Edition) 2017: spectacular year for global economic growth. 2018: not so much. We'll talk to economist Julia Coronado from MacroPolicy Perspectives about whether our lackluster first quarter is just hitting a few bumps in the road, or whether the global economy has plateaued. Afterwards, we'll chat with travel aficionado Mark Orlowski about the best ways to turn your credit card reward points into airline tickets. 

 

The Rose Acre Farms company is voluntarily recalling 206,749,248 eggs in a total of nine states, saying they "have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella braenderup" — which can sicken healthy adults and have serious and possibly fatal effects for young children and the elderly.

The eggs came from a farm in Hyde County, N.C., and have been labeled under a number of brands, including Coburn Farms, Country Daybreak, the Food Lion store brand, Crystal Farms, Great Value and Sunshine Farms. Some were sold to restaurants, including Waffle House.

You may not know it, but if you're a member of a credit card rewards program, you're probably sitting on unused miles for airlines that you've never used before. Several credit card reward programs give consumers the option to simply convert those points into airline miles for non-domestic carriers like British Airways, Singapore Airlines and others. 

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For now, they're counting on customers to keep buying, according to a survey from the National Small Business Association.

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(U.S. Edition) Can states force online retailers to collect sales taxes? That question is at the heart of a case headed to the Supreme Court tomorrow. We'll talk about the players involved and how much states and local governments are losing in tax dollars. Afterwards, we'll find out why the new GOP tax bill is confusing small business owners. Plus, with public-private partnerships a key part of the Trump administration's infrastructure plan, we'll look at a $2.3 billion project in Central Florida that both state and private companies are working on.

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On any given day, cars zip on and off Interstate 4, the regional highway that carries an estimated 20 million commuters and tourists in and out of Orlando. For many drivers, the interstate on- and off- ramps at Lee Road, in particular, are the way into Winter Park, a bedroom community near Orlando known for historic homes and  shopping opportunities. For others, it’s the path to an easily-accessible plate of pancakes.

The Denny’s sign towers over the interstate.

(Global edition) From the BBC World Service … The boss of WPP, the world’s biggest advertising firm, quit Saturday amid allegations of personal misconduct. What does his departure signal for the future of the ad business, and is there a chance he could return to the industry? Then, the U.S. is weighing a third round of sanctions against Russia today, targeting companies with links to chemical weapons use in Syria. But is Russia ready to flex its own retaliation muscles – and who will it hurt more?

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear a case that will determine who collects sales tax for online purchases. Right now, many online merchants — such as Overstock and Newegg —don't collect sales tax — which means lots of customers just don’t pay it. Next on Marketplace Tech, a look at the history of why online retailers haven’t collected sales tax — unless they have a physical presence in a state … and how likely that is to change. 

Most people don't pay taxes when shopping online. That could go away.

Apr 16, 2018

Tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in South Dakota v. Wayfair, which could determine the future of who collects online sales tax.  

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